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The Place of Feelings in Animal Ethics

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I evaluate the role of feelings in (nonhuman) animal ethics. Firstly, I illustrate that animal ethics has been preoccupied with the search for morally relevant properties in nonhuman animals, and that many scholars have focused on sentience. Secondly, I argue that many have separated sentient vertebrates from insentient others, but that these dualistic ontologies face empirical and epistemological challenges. By engaging with these, my third objective is to develop an evolutionist ethical theory that values both the feelings of moral subjects and those of moral objects. To conclude, I outline its implications for the human use of animals for food.

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Author(s): Deckers J

Editor(s): Noel Kavanagh

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society. Special Issue: Humans and Other Animals

Year: 2018

Pages: 22-36

Print publication date: 31/12/2018

Acceptance date: 31/12/2017

Publisher: Irish Philosophical Society

Place Published: Dublin


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781527257207